Jun 16 2015
The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League rolled into The Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, OH for their 3rd tour stop on the Champions Tour for the Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive Trucks. The action is always hotly contested in Wilmington, as we see a mix of both state level and national competitors invading the region.
The track on this evening was a challenging surface and the pullers had to treat it very carefully to avoid being sucked into a rut, lots of the drivers had a hard time with the track wanting to dip them in close to the chalk line and dangerously close to the out of bounds line, Brakes were the order of the evening, and finding the best hole shot would be key.
Jeremy Nelson, and his familiar blue and white Speedco Midnight Gambler made a fine pass with a distance of 294.54 which put the Sidney, IL based pilot in the 22nd spot on the evening. Early draws meant the track was a bit trickier than later.
Bethany Nelson also had a tricky early hook to deal with, and she managed to make a strong pass in her new Warrior tracks sponsored “Sweet Revenge” Chevrolet. Bethany’s distance of 305.57 would garner her the number 19 spot at Wilmington.
Next up would be John Mumma, and his Philo, IL based “After Midnight” Chevy SSR. John came into Wilmington fresh of a clean sweep at the TS Performance outlaw truck and tractor pull and he was hoping to duplicate his performance. John took the machine out to a distance of 309.34 which would put him in the 16th finishing position.
Jared Nelson, was the last to hook of all the Midnight Vehicles, and he utilized what he learned by watching the majority of the class hook, and sharing information with his teammates. Jared and his Boyd and Sons Machinery sponsored “Midnight Revenger” burned in at a distance of 327.00 which put him solidly in the top ten. A sixth place finish belonged to Jared on this night.
In the end, Dr. Tim Messer was the victor in Wilmington, driving his “Wide Open” Chevy.
The Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheelers have a three week break and are back in action in Fairfield, IL on July 11.
Stay tuned to www.midnightpulling.com for future updates, blogs, and stories from the road, and as always thank you for your interest in Midnight Motorsports.
Hello Midnight Pulling fans from PhiloAfter 4 years of trying we finally had the HAMMER DOWN pull with out any rain. The crowd was big the pulling equipment was great and the track was good.We had 14 in the twd class. They came from Tn, Ohio, MO, IL and Wi. We had NTPA Champions, we had PPL Champions and we had State Champions. The field was of trucks was great. I hooked at the bottom of the class and ended up 2nd in the class. The winner was Wayne Timmerman from Wisconsin. Congrats to him for making a outstanding pass.I would like to THANK every one in all the classes for coming and making this event a success. With out all of you it would not happen! THANKS again Thanks to Jared Little for all work he does all year to get everything ready for the pull. No one know how many hours he puts in to make this event work. I also want to thank Rich Walden (Mike Walden’s brother) for all the work he does to make this event a success. There are so many others to thank for all they do to get ready for the event THANKS to all of you.We are getting ready to make the trip to the Champions Tour event in Wilmington OH this weekend. As many of you know it is just North of KINGS ISLAND and I think some grand kids are wanting to stop by on the way there. We might be going a day early to visit. If you are going to be at the event please stop by and say hi we are always happy to talk to each one of you. As always HAMMER DOWN!!!
WOW what a start to the 2015 season! we started in Saluda SC. The first night I was very disappointed how I finished. I ended up 18th. What made it so disappointing to me was the truck ahead of me and the truck behind me were in the top 5. So on Saturday afternoon we made some changes to the truck’s gearing. That night was a lot better for me as I finished 3rd. I was first hook and held the lead until Bethany went flying by me. I was happy for her.
The next weekend we were in Franklin Ky. What a weekend for me. I won on Friday night and backed it up with a win on Saturday. What even made it better was Midnight Motorsports was 1-2-3 on Friday and on Saturday night Jeremy was 2nd.
Now we are working on helping to get things ready for the HAMMER DOWN pull this weekend in Urbana Il. We hoping that the rain stays away.
As always HAMMER DOWN
The Lucas Oil Champions Tour rolled into Franklin, KY this past weekend for a two night stay at the Jim Roberts park for the TS Performance outlaw truck and tractor pull. The event was not a pre commit only event and several pullers who don’t normally pull with the PPL were on hand to add to the competition. Friday Night was action packed and Team Midnight got started on what would be a pretty awesome weekend of pulling.
Reigning champion Bethany Nelson came into night number one fresh off of a win the previous weekend in Saluda, SC. Bethany took her Warrior Tracks sponsored sweet revenge out to a distance of 299.85 which would be good for the number 15 position.
Jeremy Wheeled the familiar blue and yellow Speedco Midnight Gambler to a 3rd place finish with a distance of 309.53.
Brother Jared nelson had a consistent weekend in Saluda and was hoping to build momentum and gain valuable Lucas Oil points and he did just that on this night as he bested his brother Jeremy and piloted the Boyd and Sons Midnight Revenger to the #2 position on the evening with a distance of 310.15
That would leave only one and he did not disappoint. John Mumma was not happy with his performance in Saluda, and he spent the time in between working to better his placing at this event. When the dust had settled on night number one, The Philo, IL based driver was standing at the top of the pile. His distance of 314.83 secured the victory during the first night of action.
The second night saw a rain delay, and track conditions that were bumpy and treacherous, but John Mumma again showed why he is a two time past champion when he rocketed to a distance of 328.12 which would be good for his second victory in as many nights. “Wow, What a weekend!”, “I could not be happier” added John when asked about his opinion on his performance.
Jeremy Nelson, fresh of a 3rd place finish the night before, bested the previous nights position by 1 with a second place finish. Jeremy pulled the Speedco Midnight Gambler to a distance of 321.99 which secured number 2, just one spot back of father in law John. “It felt good to rebound with two straight podium finishes after the disappointing weekend at Saluda. Only team trucks finished ahead of me both nights and that says a lot for how the team is doing right now”, mentioned the Speedco Midnight Gambler pilot.
Bethany Nelson again showed why she is the reigning Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive Champion with another solid top 10 finish. She bettered herself over the previous night as she drove the “Sweet Revenge” Chevy to a distance of 313.22 which put her in the #7 position on the evening.
Jared Nelson rounded out the weekend with a distance of 305.09 which would be good for number #15 Saturday night.
Team Midnight is back in action on Saturday night June 6, 2015 in their home state of Illinois at the Urbana county fairgrounds for the Hammer Down truck and tractor pull on the Lucas oil Midwest Region circuit. If you are in the area, please come and cheer on the team.
Thanks for your continued support and interest in Midnight Pulling.